The calls to address prison crowding and conditions have intensified as American inmate populations have grown. Jeffrey Brown gets debate on the shifting perceptions of the criminal justice system from Bill McCollum, former attorney general of Florida, Bryan Stevenson of Equal Justice Initiative, and Pat Nolan of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Continue reading
Teen inmates at one of the country’s largest municipal jails are routinely subjected to excessive force resulting in injuries like broken jaws and bone fractures, according to a U.S. attorney report. Staff at Rikers Island were found to over-rely on solitary confinement and to not report violent incidents. Judy Woodruff talks to Benjamin Weiser, who covered the story for The New York Times. Continue reading
A U.S. government report released Monday describes a “deep-seated culture of violence” against teenage inmates held at Rikers Island in New York. Continue reading
Social impact bonds link the private, public and nonprofit sectors to deliver cognitive behavior therapy at Rikers Island. So are social impact bonds driving the efficient use of taxpayer dollars? Or is this a financing model easily exploited by corporate tax-dodgers like Goldman Sachs?
Social impact investing is a win-win for everyone, right? Not so fast, argues Mark Rosenman. It’s a bigger win for the private investors like Goldman Sachs. Through impact investing, the bank profits from human services that their taxes, if they paid them, would be funding. Continue reading
Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports on efforts to keep young people from returning to New York’s Rikers Island once they’ve served their time. A privately financed pubic program utilizes evidence-based behavioral therapy to imbue teens with a sense of greater control over their lives and decisions. Continue reading